Sold: North Atlantic 29 Alchemist (Southeast US)

  • 27 Feb 2024 13:21
    Message # 13321343

    North Atlantic 29 For Sale.        Tel:603-733-6636

    'Alchemist' is one of only six North Atlantic 29's junk rig sailboats around and probably the best example out there. Built by Bounty Yachts in California and designed by English offshore racing designer Angus Primrose and Blondie Hasler she has just undergone a four-year complete refit and is a TURN KEY boat, ready for some serious sailing. This boat is perfect for the cruising couple who want to explore far flung places in comfort and safety. Heavily laid up, solid, thick fiberglass hull w/ glassed in reinforcing stringers. The hull and deck are super thick and super strong. You feel it when you walk on deck. This boat is built like a TANK. The full width cabin top gives a remarkable amount of livable space down below for a 29 footer. Comes with a swinging gimbaled chair for the inside sailing station. You can completely control the boat from inside while dry , warm and comfortable. You can even adjust the wind vane from inside, so there is almost no need to go outside the cabin on a long passage.

    Hull: Fiberglass

    North Atlantic 29 production junk rig built by Bounty Yachts Inc. California (1982)
    LOA: 29’2”
    LWL: 23’
    Beam: 9’7”
    Draft: 5’6”

    Sail Area: 429 sqft
    Displacement: 9300 lbs
    Ballast: 4200 lbs (encapsulated lead)
    Sail Area: 429 sqft

    4 Berths: 1 Queen size (or two single) and one double (if less than 5’10”)


    • ·       16hp Beta Marine twin cylinder diesel (New, now with only 100hrs)
    • ·       Oversized 70amp Alternator
    • ·       Upgraded starter panel
    • ·       Priority charging controlled by new Battery Doctor
    • ·       New Vetus Exhaust, water lock and Goose Neck.
    • ·       SD55 Sigma Drive coupler
    • ·       Norscot dripless shaft seal
    • ·       New high grade stainless prop shaft and propeller.
    • ·       Overheat alarm installed
    • ·       Water in fuel alarm installed
    • ·       Solid state fuel pump
    • ·       New Racor filter and multiple spare filters


    • ·       300w Renology solar panel mounted on reinforced cradle
    • ·       Renology charge controller
    • ·       5 X 200AH AGM batteries
    • ·       2000w sine wave inverter



    • ·       Self-Steering: Sailomat 3040 self-steering wind vane
    • ·       Pelagic heavy duty autohelm
    • ·       Diesel heater
    • ·       Airhead composting toilet



    • ·       Excel 44lb plough (new) 200ft chain
    • ·       25lb delta with 40ft chain and 100ft 5/8 braided anchor
    • ·       45lb CQR anchor with 100ft chair 200ft 5/8 braided anchor rode
    • ·       Maxwell 600 power anchor windlass with remote control


    • ·       New 4-6 person offshore life raft
    • ·       Lifesling 2 with new cover
    • ·       3 offshore life jackets
    • ·       Safety harness
    • ·       New ACR Global Fix V6 Epirb
    • ·       New Grab bag and contents (includes laser flares)
    • ·       Extensive first aid kit (I’m a paramedic) with over $800 worth of contents.
    • ·       High bilge alarm
    • ·       Two high capacity (2200GPH) SPX Bilge pumps
    • ·       Whale compac 50 hand pump
    • ·       Rulamatic bilge pump for anchor locker
    • ·       Carbon monoxide alarm, smoke alarm and fire extinguishers
    • ·       New Jordon Series Drogue with 220 mini-chutes. Heavy duty attachment points on the stern.
    • ·       Fire blanket
    • ·       Storm Hatches



    • ·       Digital Yacht AIT 2000 AIS Transponder and receiver on wifi hub
    • ·       Standard horizon GX2000 AIS/ GPS radio
    • ·       Digital Yacht wind transducer (runs through boat wifi)
    • ·       New signal mate mast light
    • ·       Complete boat rewire
    • ·       Hawkeye depth sounder
    • ·       Airmar wireless depth sounder linked to Digital wifi



    • ·       All portholes removed, resealed and re-glazed
    • ·       All hatches re-sealed and reglazed
    • ·       New cushions and upholstery
    • ·       Re-painted with Interlux perfection two part
    • ·       Toerails removed, deck sealed with fiberglass, all bolts replaced, new mahogany toe rail
    • ·       Mahogany dinghy rack
    • ·       New water tank
    • ·       Holding tank and macerator pump for sink
    • ·       Bilges cleaned, painted and sealed
    • ·       Double burner Origo alcohol stove
    • ·       LED Cabin lights
    • ·       Two Sirocco fans and one other
    • ·       Small fridge and 3 cubic foot cooler with extra insulation



    • ·       Only four months old made with new Weathermax 85, an  Arnie Kleveland design
    • ·       New battens
    • ·       All new lines
    • ·       Spartite no leak mast seal
    • ·       New sail cover
    • ·       Old flat sail and battens are still available if required



    • ·       Blackbay folding bicycle, recent service
    • ·       Multiple large and medium fenders
    • ·       Lots of Rope
    • ·       Mariner 3 dinghy
    • ·       Lehr 2.5hp propane outboard
    • ·       Heavy duty sewing machine and all accessories
    • ·       Plexiglass bubble for extreme weather
    • ·       Rotating prem hoods with new upholstery
    • ·       New dodgers
    • ·       Full Milwaukee power tool kit
    • ·       Full set of spares and emergency items


     $37,500 OBO


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    Last modified: 13 Jun 2024 15:40 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • 02 Mar 2024 16:16
    Reply # 13323642 on 13321343
    Deleted user


    Any pictures coming?

    Was this NA29 previously owned by Jonny?



  • 07 Mar 2024 14:09
    Reply # 13326122 on 13321343

    Great work saving an amazing boat Jonathan!

  • 11 Mar 2024 15:26
    Reply # 13327700 on 13321343

    Here’s some more pictures, she’s currently moored in Jacksonville Florida until April 10th. Please message me if you’d like to take a look 603-733-6636 many thanks, Jonathon 

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  • 12 Mar 2024 09:07
    Reply # 13328128 on 13321343

    Dream ship! Here's hoping for a million £ premium bond prize.

  • 26 Mar 2024 10:58
    Reply # 13334747 on 13321343
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FYI in case useful to others:

    On March 18, 2024 I paid a respected local surveyor to spend 3 hours with me present doing an informal assessment of Alchemist in her temporary slip in Jacksonville, Florida.  His bottom line:  If this is the type of vessel you want, and the price is acceptable, he saw no major red flag or reason not to buy it.  Of course, this was not a full survey, which he recommends before buying any boat.  I'm unlikely to pursue this boat at this time for reasons having nothing to do with the condition of the boat.  This is my summary of his verbal report. I share the info below so that potential buyers know there are not obvious problems and it may be worth it to see the boat and do further due diligence. If anything below doesn't make sense, it's my fault for not capturing the surveyor's words perfectly. 

    I chose this surveyor because he has serious sailing experience and enjoys sail cruising. He left on his sailboat the next day for a three-month Bahamas cruise with family. He specializes in wooden boats and rebuilt one previously.  He spent 3 hours scrutinizing Alchemist from forepeak to shaft with me, then reported verbally.  He started the engine but did not engage gears or leave slip.  We did not raise or uncover the sail. Owner Jono was not present.  

    One of the surveyor's pet peeves is electrical messes in boats. So it's significant that he said the all-new wiring was well organized with good logic and execution -- "way above average for a boat like this".  He found no old mystery wiring. The alternator and inverter showed very good voltage levels.  He did find 3-4 wire connections/terminations that were taped and should be heat sealed.  

    He used two instruments on the deck. With a Tramex water moisture sensor he found 15% with consistent readings indicating no delamination. With a FLIR infrared sensor he found no striation or abrupt temperature differences that would indicate voids.  Inspecting the port and starboard transom to hull joints he saw no evidence of damage or stress on aft corners that might indicate collision damage.  He said the hull seems very solid.

    He liked the color of the engine smoke upon cold start. 

    He recommended a thorough cleaning of the boat to remove some dust and small debris that could jam the bilge pumps. 

    Last modified: 26 Mar 2024 10:59 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • 27 Mar 2024 20:44
    Reply # 13335624 on 13321343

    Thanks Raff for sharing that, I'm sure it will help paint a picture of what a great boat she is. Sorry it didn't work out for you.

  • 28 Mar 2024 03:07
    Reply # 13335807 on 13321343

    This looks like a great boat. I shared it with a friend who was in the market, but he was looking for something on the West coast. There will be a lucky buyer!

  • 30 Mar 2024 17:15
    Reply # 13336801 on 13321343

    Thanks Maxime, she's a classic for sure!

    Last modified: 30 Mar 2024 17:28 | Anonymous member
  • 20 Apr 2024 15:38
    Reply # 13345967 on 13336801
    Anonymous wrote:

    Thanks Maxime, she's a classic for sure!

    Aye,  message sent.
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